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Light That Illuminates the Way - Heather Zempel

In the beginning, God said "Let there be light," and the light he created was so expansive and complex that we have barely scratched the surface of experiencing it and understanding it. Yet, it was the light yet to come, in the person of Jesus Christ, that would pierce the darkness once and for all. Christmas is a time when the gift of Jesus meets the grit of life and light can illuminate our way.


Light Eliminates Fear - Joel Schmidgall

Today we continue in our series on light, focusing on light that eliminates fear. There are two kinds of fears: legitimate & illegitimate. Light exposes both. It teaches us that certain fears have no merit. But it also teaches us that some fears do have merit. Only legitimate fears have an element of truth, but the fact is that both kinds can have control over our minds. Faith does not get rid of fear as much as it teaches us to focus on our Father. Our fears still exist. But our God is...


It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn - Dr. Mark Batterson

If you find yourself in a dark place, Pastor Mark shares four helpful hacks: 1) It's always darkest before dawn 2) Widen your aperture 3) Live in day-tight compartments 4) Let your light shine


The Gospel - Joel Schmidgall

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to produce life change, to produce hearts for God, to produce salvation. But is that our job as believers? We know we have a unique purpose, but understanding our place within the mission of the kingdom of God is of vital importance. We'll try to step in to some critical questions: What is the Gospel? What is our responsibility as believers? What does co-mission mean? We hope you're provoked to action, word, and deed as we unpack the beginning of...


The Gift of Brokenness - Dr. Mark Batterson

The heart of God is always oriented toward things that are broken. That's how the grace of God seeps into the crevices of our heart. That's also where mission begins. You need to inventory the broken places in your life, because those are the very places where God wants you to help others heal.


A1:8 Innovate - Various

6 Ted talks about how people are on mission every day in their workplaces.


A1:8 Missions, Part 1 - Dave Schmidgall

What does missions look like in the 21st century? The methods and strategies have to change, but the mission doesn't. Listen to part 1 of our missions series.


Knock, Knock - Dr. Mark Batterson

God loves you just the way you are, but he loves you too much to leave you that way! He is the God of comfort, but our comfort isn't His ultimate goal. His ultimate goal is that we would be conformed to the image of Christ. What makes us think we can be conformed to His image without going through some of the same things Jesus went through? The good news is God is working all things together for good. Our job? One, learn the lessons God is trying to teach us. Two, cultivate the character God...


Out Of Little Strength Grows Great Endurance - Joel Schmidgall

We think "little" is insignificant. Whereas God calls out “little” as substantial. The woman with two mites. The boy with the small lunch. And the church at Philadelphia. All little offerings…that God used in large ways. We will hone in on the Church at Philadelphia to talk about how endurance of a small group of people is of great value in the kingdom of God. Join us for the sixth of seven letters written to the church in Revelation.


A Matter of Life and Death - Dr. Dick Foth

Jesus didn't come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people live.


The Crossroads - Heather Zempel

The message to the church at Thyatira challenges us with a number of questions: will we be faithful and obedient at the crossroads of culture, politics, and ideas? Will the message of Jesus be compelling enough to make us love one another and is our commitment to him stronger than all other opinions, preferences, affiliations, and loyalties? What are we tolerating that will suffocate our life in Christ?


Going Against the Cultural Grain - Joshua Symonette

There is no doubt that we are living in an era where cultural tensions are all around us. This was certainly the case for Christians in the Roman Empire as well as in our world today. In the letter to the Church at Pergamum, Jesus affirms their effort to stay true to him despite the pressure they faced. But He warns them concerning some of the compromises they are making as they try to fit into the culture around them. He gives clear instruction for how to address them and offers a promise...


I Am Alphabet - Dr. Mark Batterson

The power of prayer is not the words we chose. The power of prayer is the God we pray to--the Alpha and Omega. He is God Most High, but He is also God Most Nigh. He is God with us, no matter what. Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus!


Dear Church - Joel Schmidgall

There is nothing more personal than a hand written letter. It is a uniquely customized message to you and speaks directly to who you are. In the beginning of the book of Revelation, God speaks directly to the church in seven unique letters. In this sermon we will explore what the text DID mean (to it's original audience) and what the text DOES mean (to us today). From history to background to foundation to application, this podcast will set up the book of revelation as well as the series to...


Unsung Heroes - Dr. Mark Batterson

There never has been and never will be anyone like you. That isn't a testament to you. It's a testament to the God who created you. But what that means is this: no one can volunteer your time, no one can use your talent, no one can give your treasure. Don't let what you cannot do keep you from doing what you can!


A God-Sized Vision - Dr. Mark Batterson

God's vision for National Community Church is bigger than ours. Why? Because it's not our church, it's His church. And Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against.” Why would God give us a city block in the nation's capital? Because God wants us to be a bigger blessing to our city!


A Theology of The City - Dr. Mark Batterson

Our vision is much bigger than simply building a church. Our vision is to bless the city to the third generation. Our vision is to seek the peace and prosperity of the city by loving it and serving it. Our vision is to have such a significant impact that the history of Washington, DC cannot be written without mentioning National Community Church.


Life Eternal - Heather Zempel

Jesus didn't come to make bad people good, but to breathe abundant, eternal life back into all creation. His death and resurrection brings us from shame to salvation, from bondage to liberation, and from exile to restoration.


Try Jesus - Joshua Symonette

In the post-truth era, people today are more skeptical of what is real and what is true. Research says that people are looking inward for their truth. But Jesus said, “I am the truth.” He invites both the disciple and the skeptic to try him and see what the evidence suggests.


I Am The Way - Dr. Dick Foth

Every now and again in human history someone makes a statement, speaks a truth, that changes the playing field